As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, December 27, 1962:

Harford Countians awoke to beautifully snow-covered grounds on Christmas morning. Snow began falling before daybreak early in the morning, making it truly a White Christmas.

Safe crackers made off with more than $1,000 in cash and merchandise from the Livezey Lumber Company on Route 40 in Aberdeen. The thieves entered the building by breaking two windows in the rear of the building. They proceeded to the second floor where they broke into four different safes. Two of the safes had exploding tear gas cartridges that ignited when the safes were opened. The tear gas did not slow down the thieves. They turned on the building's air conditioning system, brought a portable fan into the room and opened all of the windows on the floor. Police said that $597 in cash, along with eight watches, valued at $450, and other merchandise valued at $136 were taken.

A dog, whose owner lived on Alexis Drive in Joppa, returned home with what looked like a human hand in his mouth. The hand consisted of some flesh but mostly bones. There were no missing persons reports in the area, so further investigation was needed. State Trooper Wellman contacted a taxidermist in the area and he identified the hand as the paw of a bear.


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Sen. William S. James was certain to be elected to the position of President of the Senate when the General Assembly opened in Annapolis in January 1963. If the senator was successful with the Democratic caucus, it would mark the first time in years that a Harford Countian held such an important post in the legislature.

The Intelligence Division of the Internal Revenue Service picked up three unlicensed pinball machines from two establishments in Harford County. Two machines were taken from the Victory Diner in Havre de Grace and another from the Fountain Green Gulf Service Station. The machines had no required $250 Federal Gambling License. All pinball machines, which could possibly register free games for which the player would be "paid off," required such licenses.

The Long family returned to their three-story frame residence on the O.C. Elliott farm at Darlington to find the house a smoldering ruin with all of its contents destroyed. The family, which consisted of five children from 8 months to 10 years of age, had to move to another tenant house on the Elliott farm. Within four days, charitable friends from all over the county donated enough food, clothes and furniture to see that the Long family was comfortable for the holidays.

A burglar broke into the Clifford Myers' store on Grier Nursery Road on Christmas Eve. The robber made off with approximately $150 worth of cash and merchandise. The burglar got in by breaking a glass door and left with several cartons of cigarettes, $30 in cash and some meat.

A new postal rate of 5 cents for letters was to go into affect this week in 1962. While the cost of living for Americans had risen the cost of a first-class letter had only increased by 1 cent since 1932. According to the postmaster, of the total volume of first-class letters handled by the post office, 75 percent was for business and the remaining 25 percent consisted of personal letters to friends and relatives.